Grain Exchange – Mixed Markets

The weather outside is frightful.  Looking outside it’s hard to believe it’s Halloween.  The markets are mixed on this last day of October.  It looks like the 2019 crop is going to be a fight to the bitter end.

Corn is down one and continues to trade in a narrow range.  Demand remains slow for corn, both export sales and ethanol.  The market could find support on expectations for USDA to lower its US corn yield forecast in it’s November report.

Soybeans are up two.  China and the US continue to talk about closing a phase one trade deal by mid-November.  If that gets done and demand returns to pre-tariff levels it should be supportive to the soybean price.  Export sales were within range of expectations.  The November report should give us a better grip on yields and where our carryout will be.

Keep in touch with your grain marketing specialist for all your marketing needs.
This is going to be a trying harvest for all, with weather delays, quality issues, and a shorter window to get the crop in, we will try our best to accommodate your needs.  Please be patient, we want everyone to go home safe at the end of the day.

Happy Halloween!

Grain Exchange – Snow, Snow, Go Away!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. I mean, Happy Halloween? Wisconsin farmers woke up with a blanket of snow, and while it’s pretty, it is definitely one more challenge to add to the list. The corn market is trading close to even today while beans are softer. Brazilian soybean planting is in line with average, while their first crop corn planting is behind.

Monday’s USDA Weekly crop progress report showed an improvement in corn conditions to 58% Good/Excellent, up 2% from last week. Corn harvest is said to be about 20% behind average at 41% complete. US Soybean harvest is also behind average at 62% complete verses the 5 year average of 78% complete.

While corn moistures remain relatively high and farmers are thinking they might leave it a little longer to dry in the field, Purdue Extension Corn Specialist Bob Nielsen is recommending that they get out there and harvest if possible. Nielsen says that there is big risk of the crop going down with a big storm, and the loss of that, might be much worse than taking it off wet. With limited weather windows for harvesting, Nielsen suggests that it takes about 4 days for corn to dry a point. Waiting that long for corn to dry in the field may be a risk to stalk health, and the ability of the plant to withstand wind and storm damage. The forecast shows more snow and rain in the forecast for later this week, with some openings for cold and dry weather next week.

All eyes in the markets are still watching the China trade situation, and they will be watching closely as leadership is expected to sign the first phase of a trade deal on November 17th, 2019. However, China is still demanding more US tariff relief, but both sides are saying they are close to a deal. Funds have extended their longs in the soybean market but remain short on corn.

As always, continue to work through your marketing plan, and give us a call if we can help with anything!

Have a great day!

Grain Exchange – Weather Forecast Continues to Bring Optimism

A quick glance at the local 10-day forecast gives me optimism that there will be the weather windows needed to do what we look forward to all year, harvest grain. Wisconsin’s soybean harvest came in at 32% completed vs last week’s 15% while the 5 year average for the same time frame was 55%.  For the US, the soybean harvest is at 46% completed vs an average pace of 64%.  Wisconsin’s corn harvest sits at 7% completed and the 5-year average is 24%.  The US is currently 30% completed vs a 5-year average of 47%.

Although crop progress was viewed slightly bearish, overnight markets made their way higher as traders say China has issued another 10 MMT quota of duty waivers for US soybeans. President Trump claims China has indicated that negotiations are advancing with hopes an agreement can be made next month in Chile.  The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister said they have achieved some progress and the world wants the two countries to end their trade war.

Over the last few weeks as harvest has been delayed and some optimism has grown in trade, funds have purchased bean futures and a modest amount of corn and wheat.  Although overall their position is viewed neutral, it allows for slight support of farmer selling as harvest moves slowly and business decisions are made in the spot market. It is important to always keep in mind breakeven and de-risk when possible/profitable. This year handling the crop will incur greater cost with extra drying, trips to town and most importantly quality management.  With the possibly of more discounts/costs in this crop making timely sales will be as important as ever.

Grain Exchange – Good Harvesting Weather

Finally, some good weather to get some harvest done!  Markets are reacting with news out of South China Morning Post, Chinese officials indicate they will “increase their purchases of US Farm products based on demand.”  Chatter has not indicated which commodities and how much and timing of delivery.  Markets will be chopping with any change in weather or news from China.  Weather maps in South America show rain coming for Brazilian areas.

USDA stated yesterday it will re-survey corn and bean harvested acres in Minnesota and North Dakota and will publish any changes in November 8th crop report.  Harvest is slow going on corn while most producers focus on getting soybeans harvested.

Britain and the EU has agreed on a draft Brexit deal.  The next step is getting U.K. Parliament to pass the final deal.

Informa estimates US spring 2020 acres at 95.3 million corn acres (up 5.1 million) and 85.3 million bean acres (up 8.8 million acres).

Make sure to have offers in and working as we see the spikes in the markets.  Also make sure to start putting sales on for Spring/Summer 2020 and into Fall 2020.  Thank you for your continued business.

Happy Harvest!

Melisa Schmidt

Grain Exchange

Futures weaker this morning with China wanting tariffs rolled back before committing to big Ag purchases.  Midwest farmer selling is picking up in parts of the southern Midwest where harvest is moving at a faster clip than northern Midwest.  PNW soybean basis is firming after 6-30 inches of snow in northern Midwest.  While less moisture in the weekend forecast, 6 to 10 day forecast is calling for additional 0.5 to 1.0 inches or rain as we get into next week.

Have a safe and successful harvest!

Grain Exchange – Today is Another Report Day

Today is another report day! There have been many mixed reviews on what this report will bring, but most are bullish. Many estimate slightly lower yield from September as we see Iowa and Illinois report their yields on both corn and beans. There are also many assumptions that the grain stocks will be down as well.

Corn traded slightly lower over night and has been quiet this morning in anticipation of today’s report. Argentina has reduced their estimated production due to extreme dryness. Brazil estimates their production will be the same as previous year.

Soybeans slight up overnight and so far, staying within a penny or two of overnight.  Same as always there are still trade talks going on with China, but there has finally been some merit to the conversations with a few sales. As previously stated, Argentina is predicting less corn planted therefore planting beans in place of corn. Central Wisconsin is actively harvesting soybeans after a long wait.

Wheat is steady. Not much to report except many countries’ wheat production have been lowered due to weather.

Landmark grain has rolled out our new harvest hours. Rain or shine the elevators will be open.


  • 12:00 PM TO 6:00 PM SUNDAY

As always if there is a request for longer hours, the hours will be granted.

During this time the grain team is working hard to make your harvest as flawless as possible. Open communication is key. If you have a request for hours, trucking, or market information please contact your grain marketing specialist.

Happy Harvest y’all!

Kasey Baker

From the Field

As fall approaches, we find ourselves challenged once again in Wisconsin. Humid weather paired with large amounts of rain has made it difficult for our dairy farmers that are trying to get silage corn off in a timely fashion. Dairies aren’t the only ones that have been affected by mother nature, combines have been held at bay from harvesting soybeans due to the recent moisture as well. I do not think that other than a later harvest that we will see many issues with our bean harvest. However, I do have some concerns with our upcoming corn harvest. My main concern lies with those farms where no fungicides have been applied, due to the growing amount of tar spots being found. In these fields, the increased amount of moisture is causing stalk rot. That could potentially cause corn to be toppled over making harvest difficult, resulting in a loss of bushels and potentially lower test weights and higher moisture due to disease.

On a more positive note, it looks like the weather is going to break our way for a few days. Knowing the determination of our farmers, they will make the most of this window and get their harvest in. It is also important to get your wheat and cover crops planted as soon as possible.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your operation. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your Landmark agronomist for help.

Have a safe harvest!

Grain Exchange – Corn, Soybeans and Wheat are All Trading Higher this Morning

It is Tuesday and the markets are shining as bright as the sun.  Corn, soybeans and wheat are all trading higher this morning.  Corn is higher on increased risk of freezing and snow in the Dakotas and Nebraska later this week.  Positioning ahead of Thursday’s USDA reports is also supporting the corn market.  USDA crop progress report has the percentage corn mature at 58% complete and corn harvest at 15% vs 19% expected.  Crop ratings also decreased 1%.  Corn yield potential is down more than half a bushel an acre at 167.3.

Soybeans are also trading higher positioning for the WASDE report on Thursday. Harvest moved from 7% last week to 14% this week, behind last year’s pace at 31%.  Seventy-two percent of crop is dropping leaves, versus five year average at 87%.  Crop ratings fell 2% to 53% G/E.  More sales have been seen with China buyers taking 7.3 million bringing their total to 140 million bu for 2019.  There is talk of lowering yield and acres for soybeans also supporting the market.

Wheat is up as well.  Winter wheat plantings are at 52% versus 39% last week.  Wheat exports numbers have been on the low end.

There is a lot to watch this week.  The Supply and Demand report is released on Thursday, October 10 at 11:00.  The storm that is moving into the Dakotas and Minnesota and how far south the cold front will move and the potential for frost.

Please keep communicating with your grain market specialist, we are here for you.

Harvest is beginning at many of our elevators, we are excited to help you get your crop in.  This is a year for the record books, but let’s all work together to bring the harvest in safely.

Applications Now Open for the Landmark Scholarship Program

Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is excited to announce that applications are now available for high school seniors and current college students to apply for LSC’s 2020 scholarship opportunities.

Once again, LSC will be awarding $750.00 scholarships to fifteen exceptional students. Applications are available on the LSC website at, and completed applications will be accepted through December 1, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be announced later in December, 2019. All Landmark members, employees and their children are eligible to apply for the scholarship program.

The LSC scholarship program was created to recognize and reward success as well as encourage academic, professional and leadership development among post-secondary students.

“We cherish the opportunity to be able to support our area students in pursuing and continuing their education,” says LSC’s CEO and President Jim Dell, “Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and it’s highly rewarding to play a small part in their continued growth and development.”

LSC is committed to building a stronger future for its members and communities, as well as the agricultural industry as a whole. This scholarship program is one of the many ways that LSC aims to give back to its members. Since its first awarded scholarship in 1989, the LSC scholarship program has bestowed a total of $245,850 in scholarships to deserving students.

Grain Exchange – Weather News Today in the Midwest

Weather news today in the Midwest is now calling for a chance of frost for Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Northern Illinois on October 11th. This along with the large amounts of rain being seen are continuing to threaten the yields for fall harvest. However, the 6-10 day forecast does show some dry weather for early next week. Temperatures are colder as we move into the end of the week, and the forecast is showing upper 20s to low 30s for the end of next week.

Some good news out of trade talks for the dairy industry today as China announced that they will exempt 16 US Goods from the 25% retaliatory tariffs. China, which is the world’s largest pork consumer, has waived tariffs on whey permeate and fish meal, both of which are key ingredients in the diets of piglets. While this is good news for the dairy industry, Proliant, an Iowa-based company that sells the by-product says that sales will still be down due to the herd losses from African Swine Fever.

The World Trade Organization also ruled yesterday that the US could issue tariffs against the EU. The US will place $7.5 billion tariffs against Europe. This is the largest amount of tariffs placed on the US since the steel and aluminum tariffs.

Markets have been trading back and forth this morning as we watch things consolidate since the September 30th stocks report. With a late start to harvest, take some time to look at your marketing plan and decide if this recent jump in prices is a late opportunity to get some bushels sold.

As always, give us a call if there is anything we can help you with!

Have a great day!